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06 Sep 2007

Herniated disc getting worse.
Please excuse the long question.

I am a 30 year old man and about 5 years ago I sustained a herniated disc (with nerve root impingement) due to powerlifting. It has never recovered and the slightest wrong move sets it off.
It affects me for about 5 days at least once a month to the point where I can barely move or walk.
To be honest I haven't really taken the best care of it.

Recently I discovered an increase in tingling in the sole of one or both of my feet (mainly my left). Loss of mobility in my left leg (sometimes my right but to a lesser degree), loss of libido and ability to get/maintian erection over the last 2 years. The pain seems worse and the symptoms last longer these days. I seem to also have lost some strength in my left hand and leg. I can't seem to bend the big toe on my left foot at all.

I am starting to worry about this as I know it's affecting every day life and I'm pretty sure it's doing permanent damage.

My problem is that I really can't afford to see a doctor or go for tests and I really can't afford medication/surgery.

I'd like to know what the chances are of permanent damage/paralysis and what I can do at all to help the situation.
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01 Jan 0001

Neglect can indeed lead to further unneccessary degeneration and complications. You will need to take it really easy - no lifting or straining of the lower back at all. Ideally you need an MRI (scan) of the affected area to determine exactly what is happening. You could consult a chiropractor for an opinion - the physical examination may reveal, or at least indicate a possible prognosis.
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